Twenty of the 275 people listed in the Asian
Xpress Rich List 2002 made their money in the hotel and leisure sector. They
are worth a combined £991m.
And the top five Asian hoteliers in the
list, published last week as a supplement to the Asian Xpress newspapers,
are worth £429m in total.
The wealthiest, at number four in the
overall list and worth £400m, is Jasminder Singh, founder and chairman of
the Edwardian Hotel Group.
Firoz Kassam, who owns the Firoka Hotel
Group and chairs Oxford United FC, clocks in at number 11, and is worth £120m.
The other three high-flying hoteliers
are: Diljit Rana (£51m), the Belfast-based owner of the Andras House
property and hotel group; Satinder Gulthati (£49m), a director of Edwardian
Hotel Group; and Harpal Matharu (£49m), managing director of London-based
hotel operator Global Grange.
Six hoteliers made their debut on the
list this year: Surinda Arora (£44m) of Arora Developments; Harish Patel (£20m)
of Comcrest Hotels; Arvan and Arun Handa (£18m) of Newcastle-based Station
Hotel Ltd; Vasant Dhrona (£6.5m) of Woodley Hotels; Prakash Kaneira (£6m)
of Ambassadors Hotel; and Gokaldas Popat (£5m) of Jayhems Hotels.